- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; 1st Printing edition (October 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561455458
- ISBN-13: 978-1561455454
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Immi's Gift Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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K-Gr 2–When Immi, an Inuit child, goes ice fishing, she is surrounded by a world of white. Hoping to catch just one more fish, instead she pulls up a brightly colored wooden bird, its vivid appearance in sharp contrast to the ice and snow swirling around her. She adds it to her necklace, next to a small white bear. On the days that follow, she fishes out other brightly colored objects and hangs them in her igloo until it is awash in color. Various polar animals are attracted, and Immi snuggles with them while they share stories of faraway lands. When the snow begins to melt, Immi departs, but before she goes she throws her small white bear into the ice-fishing hole. It is later retrieved from tropical waters by the boy who has been tossing his brightly colored creatures into the waves. The painterly illustrations done in colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache capture Immi's frozen world, and her little flight of fancy seems logical escapism for anyone living even briefly in such isolated and lonely circumstances. This might be a jumping-off point to discuss how the imagination can provide relief and comfort, but it's an additional purchase.Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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When fishing in an expansive white landscape, a young Inuit finds a colorful wooden bird on the end of her line. Each following day brings a new talisman. As Immi strings them up around her igloo, the rainbow of objects attracts curious animals—polar bears, foxes, wolves, hares—who join Immi in her Igloo, share supper, and help her fill “those long dark nights with stories of faraway lands.” Then Immi’s igloo begins to melt, and before she moves along with her sled, she drops a polar-bear pendant from her necklace into a hole in the ice. Eventually, it finds its way across the ocean to a faraway tropical beach, where a young boy also throws a treasure of his own into the sea, wondering where it will go. Littlewood, whose artwork has been nominated for Britain’s Kate Greenaway Medal, contributes a serviceable text that doesn’t shine as brightly as her skilled, appealing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. A warm story that emphasizes the interconnectedness of all beings on earth. Preschool-Grade 2. --Andrew Medlar
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One day while out fishing she catches a beautifully carved and painted bird.She is filled with joy at this beautiful gift from the water. On subsequent days she catches other beautiful treasures.
At the end of the story, she decides to "gift" the sea with one of her very own Inuit treasures. Ultimately, the Inuit treasure is caught from the sea by a Pacific Islander.
This beautifully told and illustrated story is charming. There is sweet innocence and true joy. There is also an underlying story of bonding across the distances imposed by water, land, or cultures.
"....as Immi was about to go,
she stopped and put her hand to her necklace. She took the small bear and gently dropped it into the water."
The illustrations alone are what I consider "keeper quality." But combined with the effortlessly and beautifully simple told story, it makes for a perfect book for the child's home bookshelf or libraries at school and city.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of Immi's Gift from Peachtree Publishers in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are solely my own and I received no compensation for this review.
Alone in a frozen white land, Immi breaks a hole in the ice to fish for her supper.
Having already caught a few fish, she thought she try to get one more--in case anyone comes around (which they hardly did).
Much to her surprise, Immi finds a painted little wooden bird at the end of her fishing line. This delightful discovery leads Immi to find more colorful items at the end of her line--a red flower, a purple feather, a green leaf and an orange starfish.
Soon, Immi's igloo was the brightest thing in the land!
Immi's Gift, written and illustrated by British watercolorist Karin Littlewood, conveys an unusual tale of a solitary girl finding a host of colorful objects through her frozen fishing hole. Inspired by these unexpected items, Immi then drops her own beloved pendant--a white bear from her necklace--into the icy water.
What results is a cross-cultural exchange--albeit a bit fantastical one--that inspires wonderment in both children and adults alike.
This book would make a delightful gift for children; rather than a straightforward tale (like most children's books), Immi's Gift (Peachtree Publishers) invites speculation and conversation, which would make it a great book for parents or caregivers and children to share together.
For example, why is Immi alone? Where are her parents? How does she survive the arctic conditions? Where might she, and the little boy, live in the world?
Beautifully painted by veteran artist (but first-time author) Littlewood, the gentle story of Immi's Gift would make a wonderful addition to any child's library.
-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot